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    So I was thinking of getting a new sound card - my old one is built into the motherboard or video card or something. I figured that rather than buying a $230 Sennheiser which includes a soundcard or whatever I can get the $100 Sennheiser PC-150 that I was looking at (since Sennheiser seems to be recommended by a good number of people) and buy a decent sound card which I can use with anything (eg I might break the $230 Sennheisers or something).


    So what are some good soundcards to buy? Is spending maybe $200 (Australian) enough? What are some good brands and products to buy do ppl think?


    I've got an ASUS P4P800-E mainboard and a Radeon 9600XT vid card (current soundcard = Realtek AC'97 Audio).
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    Someone recently recommended these to me: Creative X-Fis. They don't seem to have any at Scorptec though, for some reason.

    Edit: Ah, NOW they do.
    Last edited by immortius; 5 Nov 2005, 06:05 PM.
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    • #3
      Just read that review of the X-Fi, looks awesome, can't believe I didn't know that Creative actually always built their own little processors on the cards so not to hit the CPU...

      I'm not thinking of getting a new sound card until Easter next year but would still be intrested to see what cards there are out there.

      Omg the card is GOLDEN! I know somebody who'll like this shit.
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      • #4
        Creative sound blaster live. 25 box. Work.
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        • #5
          I skimmed over the review of the X-FI, but didn't see anything about whether or not the digital outs are only for the proprietary Creative connector which only works with Creative speakers(this was a problem with previous cards). Does it offer digital out via the standard optical or rca cables?
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          • #6
            Depends on the card, I believe. The better ones have RCA jacks for coaxial SPDIF input and output and optical connectors for optical SPDIF input and output, which I believe is what you mean?
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            • #7
              Yeah, that's what I meant.
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              • #8
                I think sonicfury is the best sound card....well...thats what i use.
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                • #9
                  It should be noted there's no such things as a "proprietary Creative connector", other speakers and headphones use the same jack. And you can get adapters pretty easily.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by immortius
                    Someone recently recommended these to me: Creative X-Fis. They don't seem to have any at Scorptec though, for some reason.

                    Edit: Ah, NOW they do.
                    I went to Scorptec (I am having trouble getting my account working but I will deal with that in time...) - http://www.scorptec.com.au/index.php?catid=39


                    The page includes a number of Creative X-Fi soundcards. What do you think of the $300 one?
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                    • #11
                      Well, my current line of thought is:

                      * XtremeMusic ($300 card) - Has only basic connectors.
                      * Platinum ($450 card) - Has the frontplate with the decent connectors.
                      * Fatal1ty ($600 card) - +$150 for 64MB of Xram which is only used by one game at the moment (Battlefield 2), overkill.
                      * Elite Pro ($850 card) - Slight increase in sound quality over the other cards and the external box with many many connectors. Complete overkill.

                      I'll probably at least go for the Platinum for the 1/4" headphone jack. If the basic connectors are enough the XtremeMusic card is fine though.
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                      • #12
                        Those Creative Labs execs must be making cha-ching sounds while their pupils change to dollar signs.

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                        • #13
                          You ARE taking into account that those prices are in Australian dollars, right?
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                          • #14
                            I am doubly shamed.

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                            • #15
                              I put an order in for the Creative X-Fi Platinum ($450 card) and the PC-150 Senheiser headset/mic but they didn't have the PC-150 in stock so I won't get them until Monday which is just 2 days after the tournament!
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